Smart Tips For A Breakthrough In An Industrial Job

2017-07-17 by Carolyn

Pulsating your way through challenging industrial jobs

Jobs in technical industries can be challenging and competitive, but how do you make sure that you’re always on top of your game?

a.) Diversify your skills.

Well, there is no denying that industrial experts are some of the most sought-after professionals second only to medical doctors. However, as much as your skills are enviable and marketable, remember that the industry is slowly getting crowded as more graduates spill from our colleges and tertiary education institutions. Sooner or later, if you don’t diversify and advance your skills, you could find yourself in a precarious position facing possible retrenchment or even an early retirement.

Therefore, it’s high time you enrolled in other closely related but relevant courses or brushed up your existing skill set.

b.) Get certified.

A recent research shows that 67% of people working in industrial jobs are not certified or registered by recognized relevant bodies. This could be mainly because the demand for such professionals is sometimes higher than the supply or these bodies tale too long to register new members. In case you’re not registered or certified, then it’s high time you made plans of making sure that you have a title before your name. Not only does this open up new opportunities for you, but it also boost your relevance in the industry.

c.) Assess your skill gaps every once in a while.

You might be a high-level engineer with a multinational company but still not conversant with basic computer programming or internet marketing. From a general point of view, this might look as irrelevant or even unnecessary. But considering that the world is rapidly going digital and more computerized, you could as well be surprised to realize that your skills are slowly becoming obsolete and irrelevant to the industry. Make sure your resume is current with your skills.

Apart from that, it also pays to reinvest part of your monthly or yearly salary in brushing up on some on old tricks of the trade that might have slipped off with time.

Bonus tips:

  1. Join a professional body as early as you can in your career.
  2. Maintain and expand a healthy professional network with your colleagues in the same industry.
  3. Attend at least one or two professional seminar or industry-related workshops per year.
  4. Have a mentor or a role model in the industry if you’re just starting out.
  5. Unlike the corporate sector where qualifications mean a lot, in industries hands-on experience is far more valuable than your papers. So, place more importance is honing your skills as opposed to accruing degrees and diplomas.

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